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Thomas Burns


Thomas BurnsThomas Burns is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker and director of photography with a deep interest in design and the narrative experience. His background, which includes over a decade of work on feature films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and dramatic episodic television, informs an underlying aesthetic commitment to exploring the visceral relationship between producer and consumer, artist and audience.

He holds a master’s degree in documentary film from Stanford University, where one of his films won a Student Academy Award, and his work has screened in gallery exhibition and in film festivals around the world. In 2009 he received the Best Cinematography award at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris. A former U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Burns serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association.


VIDEO: Markevicius on his stirring documentary “The Other Dream Team”

Passion-project account of Lithuania’s 1992 Olympic hoops victory over former Soviet oppressors

UPDATE: The Prodcers Guild of America announced November 30 that “The Other Dream Team” has been nominated for a 2012 PGA Documentary Award. Read more.

A graduate of Cal Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and of the UCLA Producer’s Program, Marius Markevicius MFA ’02 went to the Sundance Film Festival two years in a row, representing distinguished indie films he had produced for writer-director Drake Doremus, “Douchebag” (2010) and “Like Crazy” (2011).

Both pictures were audience favorites in Park City, and “Like Crazy” came away with two of the festival’s top awards, a Grand Jury Prize for director Doremus and a Special Jury prize for actor Felicity Jones.

And all through this busy three-year period, Markevicius was also at work on a passion project documentary, the critically acclaimed audience favorite “The Other Dream Team,” serving as the film’s co-writer, producer, director and off-camera interviewer. That made his third consecutive year with a film at Sundance a more personal triumph.

The showdown match Barcelona between the ex-Soviets and the first Lithuanian Olympic team in modern memory to compete under its own flag, when bitter memories of oppression were still fresh, stirred Markevicius when he watched it at age 16, as part of Los Angeles’ large and patriotic Lithuanian community.

The Lithuanian language classes Markevicius resisted when he was growing up turned out to be a godsend later on, when he interviewed his still-imposing hoops heroes in their native language.

The Barcelona Olympics also saw the first integrated team in several generations fielded by newly liberated South Africa, with the nations’ president, Nelson Mandela, in attendance. One description offered in the film reflects what people who were there surely felt, that this was “a cosmic turning point of history.”

We spoke to Markevicius in October, 2012, when “The Other Dream Team” was still in the process of rolling out to movie theaters across the country.


Why basketball is the number-one sport in Lithuania

Markevicius’ personal recollections of the 1992 Olympics

The long road to making “Dream” a reality

The moving political backstory of “The Other Dream Team”

How a TFT education boosted Marius’ career

PHOTO: Marius Markevicius, left, with Lithuanian basketball legend Sarunas Marciulionis (from

VIDEOGRAPHER: Juan Tallo/Lokro Productions

EDITOR: Jillian Crab

Related Links:

“The Other Dream Team” homepage

Radio interview with Marius Markevicius


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Marina Goldovskaya


Marina GoldovskayaOne of Russia’s best known documentary filmmakers, Marina Goldovskaya has made 28 documentaries as director, cinematographer and writer. Her films have appeared on Russian, British, Japanese, Swedish, German, French, and U.S. television.

Award-winning titles include The House on Arbat Street (Prix Europa & Golden Hugo Award); The Shattered Mirror (Golden Gate Award) and Solovky Power (Joris Ivens Special Jury Prize).

Her film A Bitter Taste of Freedom, was the centerpiece of a sweeping career retrospective at the 16th annual It’s All True international documentary festival in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2011.

Goldovskaya received her Ph.D. in fine arts in 1987. She was a professor at Moscow State University and has been a visiting professor at UC San Diego and Vassar College.